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The Defence Forces is now accepting applications for General Service in both the Army and Naval Service.

Army applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 25 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Naval Service applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 27 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Both Competitions will close on Sunday 22nd April 2018.

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14th of June 2016 - Death of Lieutenant General David Stapleton DSM.

The death has occurred of the former Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General David Stapleton DSM, who died peacefully at his home yesterday, 13th June 2016.

Lt Gen Stapleton DSM joined the Defence Forces as a member of the 30th Cadet Class in 1955. He held a number of significant appointments throughout his career and was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) for his outstanding service.

Prior to his elevation to the appointment of Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Stapleton DSM served as the Force Commander with the UNDOF* mission in the Middle East. Lt Gen Stapleton DSM made a considerable contribution to the formation and development of the Representative Association of Commissioned Officers (RACO) in its formative years as the association’s first President.

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*The UNDOF mission was established in 1974 to supervise the implementation of an Area of Separation and two equal zones of limited forces and armaments in the Golan Heights region between Syria and Israel.

Press Release Date: Tuesday 14th of June 2016

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O'Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer


Tuesday 17th April 2018 - Defence Forces Conduct MRE

, 2.00pm.- Defence Forces Conduct Mission Readiness Exercise in Preparation for UNIFIL (Lebanon) Deployment

Monday 12th April 2018 - 90th Anniversary Ceremony

3.00pm - 90th Anniversary Ceremony of the First East - West Flight Across the Atlantic Ocean in Baldonnel Aerodrome